Jakob Pek hails from Oakland, California, where he creates amazing music that is pleasing to the ears and the soul. I am not kidding. After you listen to the five tracks on his new EP you’ll feel more relaxed and in tune with your spiritual self than you ever have before. I really liked the way his bio described his music, so I want to share this. “He creates a contemporary world music for the new century. Avant-garde, experimental, and improvisational in nature, Jakob's music interweaves chaos with symmetry, harmonizing refined expressions of familiarsonic worlds with journeys into uncharted domains of abstraction and discovery.”
Not all songs sound like what you think they are about. Song lyrics, much like poetry, can mean far different things to each different person that listens to them or reads them. When it comes to the new single Believe from Ivan Beecroft, the song “is a bittersweet slightly desperate song about relationships in the context of the difficulties of our times.” OK, I get that. Here are the lyrics to the song:
With the recent loss of Chris Cornell, it seems like the old school grunge era is coming to a close, with so many of the greats gone. Someone commented on Facebook, right after the news about Cornell, that “Eddie Vedder stands alone.” It’s a shame. Grunge music was a standard in the early 90s and it was the soundtrack to my final years of high school. It’s still a genre of music I enjoy listening to, and there isn’t much of it being made new these days. Even the ones still around from that era, like Vedder, aren’t making that kind of music anymore.
Deb Montgomery is an acoustic singer/songwriter with a hauntingly beautiful voice. Her vocal stylings were enough to make me an instant fan from the very first track. She’s a Canadian currently residing in Seattle, where she writes beautiful music about vulnerability, grief, joy, and more. Anyone who has experienced both the good and bad in life will be able to relate to her lyrics. I loved the beautiful blend of her guitar, mixed with her raw vocals, and the tales her lyrics tell.
Rhode Island funk rock band, Space Motel, has released their sophomore album. It is kind of a blend of blues, funk, jam band, and a taste of rock. It’s eclectic and spacey. It’s easy to listen to and catchy as hell. I enjoy it more and more each time I listen to it. They can fit into multiple categories, but indie is definitely fitting.
Fans of Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, and the projects of Michael Gira will find comfort in the music of Michael P. Cullen and the Soul Searchers. Cullen’s voice can be described as soulful, among other things. He’s a stylish man in a suit, strumming on an old semi-acoustic guitar and backed by a band that just adds to the haunting sound his voice emits through the well-written vocals of his songs.